Thursday, August 16, 2007

Journey North Tulip Project

While taking a professional development course last year, another 3rd grade teacher stumbled across a website that we both made use of last year. In our Science curriculum we study plant parts, growth, life cycles... and this site allowed up to participate in a project with tulips!

After examining the bulbs, we planted them with the help of 7th and 8th graders. Then we reported online when we planted the bulbs, when they emerged, and when they bloomed. We became part of a constantly changing map. We were able to predict when we thought spring would arrive in different locations all over North America and Canada as well as view patterns in nature.

Journey North offers quite a few projects.... I would love to try out the monach migration project next. Our bulbs are already on order for this year.

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